1996 Mazda Miata MX-5 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Mazda Miata MX-5

1996 Mazda Miata MX-5 Problems

Ticking Noise From Valve Lash Adjusters Due to Infrequent Oil Changes

A loud ticking noise (hydraulic valve lifter noise) may be heard from the top of the engine, particularly when the engine is still cold. The noise may occur more frequently on higher mileage vehicles; Hydraulic valve lash adjusters may need to be replaced to correct this issue. Following the maintenance schedule for oil changes will also help prevent a recurrence of the noise.

Valve Cover Gasket May Fail and Leak Oil onto Spark Plug Wires

Failure of the valve cover gasket can allow engine oil to leak onto the spark plug wires and damage them. The engine will run poorly (misfire) if the spark plug wires fail.

Clutch Slave Cylinder May Develop Leaks

The clutch slave cylinder may develop a hydraulic leak resulting in no clutch pedal pressure and the inability to shift gears.

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1996 Mazda Miata MX-5 Questions

My miata 96 MX 5 m edition Ke Turing off. it won't star back it cranks but nada (1 answer)

It goes off and it won't start back.it cranks.but there is no spark. I replace cam,crank ,coil. And nothing.when it start runs very smooth but then it goes off like in 3 minute..check fuel pump and pressure.. working fine.but why there is no spark..or some can tell me of this cars have igniti...

water temperature gauge works intermittently (1 answer)

water temperature gauge mostly does not work. However, when I hit a bump in the road, it occasionally comes back to life to provide a good reading. As the bumps in the road continue, it starts to twitch and then go back to zero. I've tried replacing the gauge, the full instrument cluster, ...

My Air Conditioner isn't working. I get different reasons why. (1 answer)

tell me air compressor
I don't use enough??

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1996 Mazda Miata MX-5 Reviews

I have owned British sports cars off and on for the last 45 years. My last being a 1980 MGB that I re-did. When I retired I wanted to road cruze but was a little hesitant to travel far in the MG. I ran across a 1996 MX5 in great shape and fell in love. I sold the MG and settled in driving the Miata. It's a great little car that handles very well, corners nicely and has just enough power. At 650...
I'm the original owner of my '96 miata, and I love it. Originally it was just a summer car in Vermont, but now out here in Oregon it's my everyday car. 170K miles, and have only had one set of brake pads and the clutch replaced(clutch #2 is coming soon unfortunately), no other maintenance except for oil changes. It's losing oil somewhere and the interior could use a major refresh, but no big de...
still running strong at 269K+ miles. love this car to death ... dealing with a lot of rust issues though

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